Natural Remedies: What You Need to Know

Like Traditional Chinese Medicine, natural remedies have been go-to options for centuries. In present day, more and more people prefer all-natural, non-chemical options for their food, toiletries, health and more.

Pill packs.

The Southern Environmental Medicine Center laid out this list of reasons why people should consider natural medicine and I couldn’t agree more. Here is what they had to say:

  • Herbal medicine uses the body’s natural healing process for treating conditions. The ingredients used are those that are regularly produced in the body.

  • It is cost-effective. One of the main downsides to modern medicine is how much it costs. It is not uncommon for even generic pharmaceutical drugs to cost hundreds of dollars. Comparatively, you can buy many herbal drugs over the counter, which means you don’t need to shell out a lot of money for them.

  • Natural medicine is widely understood to increase the body’s ability to ward of diseases. Increased immunity and an overall healthier state of being can easily be achieved with continued treatment.

Using Natural Remedies in Your Life

As noted above, natural remedies are health positive. Here are a few ways you can use natural remedies in your own life in a variety of ways.

Skin Care

You don’t have to forgo healthy skin if you skip store bought facial products. Check out these recipes for face wash and moisturizer from Don’t Mess with Mama that will leave you feeling fresh and clean:

Face Wash:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cooled organic brewed chamomile tea (or filtered or distilled water)

  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap

  • 1/2 tsp organic sweet almond oil

  • 3-4 drops vitamin E oil (optional)

  • 8 drops of Frankincense essential oil

  • 8 drops of Lavender essential oil

Directions

  • In a 4 to 6 oz. foaming soap bottle, add Castile liquid soap, sweet almond oil and vitamin E oil.

  • Add essential oils as needed.

  • Fill with chamomile tea or water to the top of the bottle.

  • Shake well and use as needed.

Moisturizer:

About the Ingredients:

  • Argan oil is a rare hand-pressed oil from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree. It is rich in vitamin E, carotenes and fatty acids and absorbs quickly without an oily feel – yet it’s very hydrating and helps balance skin.

  • Frankincense essential oil has been used for thousands of years and is excellent for healthy-looking skin.

  • Lavender essential oil is also great for the skin, particularly if you spend time out in the sun.

  • Carrot seed oil can be added to this blend to provide natural sun protection.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Argan oil

  • 15 drops of Frankincense oil

  • 10 drops of Lavender oil

  • 5-10 drops of Carrot Seed oil (optional)

Directions

  • Add Frankincense, lavender and carrot seed oil to a bottle of Argan oil. Store in a cool, dry spot.

  • Use morning and night after each facial wash, or as needed. It is recommended you start with just 1-2 pumps (about 3-6 drops) to moisturize the skin.

Cold and Flu

Being sick is terrible and unfortunately, we are still in one of the worst cold and flu seasons. Before you get sick (or even after), it’s important to have the necessary ingredients on hand in your home so you don’t have to go out in the world when you are feeling your worst. Here is a list of whole-food ingredient shopping list from The Herbal Academy to use in your wellness arsenal:

  • Garlic – Anti-viral, antibiotic, and antiseptic.

  • Onion – Great for coughs and raw onion keeps the respiratory tract open.

  • Ginger – Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. In addition to treating cold/flu, ginger is excellent for nausea and vomiting.

  • Sage – Carminative, antiseptic, and astringent – the mouth and throat plant. Used for sore throats and cough as well as sinus congestion. Sage should not be used when pregnant or breast feeding.

  • Thyme – Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant and astringent. Thyme is great for respiratory infections and coughs. It is also good for the stomach and relieves gas.

  • Cayenne powder – Stimulant, anti-microbial, analgesic, carminative, diaphoretic, and expectorant. Cayenne can help prevent a cold or flu as well as shorten the duration of a sickness. It brings heat to the body, which can help dispel coldness.

  • Honey – Raw, local honey is ideally be purchased either at a farmer’s market or at a store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. Do not give honey to children under 1 year old.

  • Lemon – High in vitamin C, lemon may help decrease the strength of the cold and flu

virus in the body and reduce phlegm. Many folks use lemons to build resistance to cold and flu and speed up healing.

Lemons in a basket

Now that you have your shopping done, here is a recipe, also from The Herbal Academy, for a tea that will warm you up while you’re sick.

Cold and Flu Tea

Ingredients

  • 3-4 slices fresh ginger with skin

  • One clove chopped garlic (note: reduce garlic if you’re stomach becomes irritated)

  • Cayenne powder

  • Tea of choice (black, green, oolong, herbal)

  • Honey to taste

  • Milk/milk alternative, optional

Directions

  • Bring 3-4 slices of fresh ginger (skin on) and one clove of chopped garlic to a boil and simmer for approximately 20 minutes

  • Use ginger water to steep tea (black, green, oolong or any herbal tea)

  • Add cayenne powder as hot as can be tolerated to induce sweating

  • Add honey to taste

  • Add milk or dairy alternative (almond, soy or other)